adjective can·cri·zans \ˈkaŋkrə̇ˌzanz, -ank-\

Definition of cancrizans


  1. :  3crab Schoenberg's “Mondfleck” from Pierrot Lunaire is a vocal line accompanied by a double canon played in cancrizans fashion and a simultaneous three-part fugue. — Edmund Dehnert, in The Languages of Creativity, 1986 a cancrizans passage

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Origin and Etymology of cancrizans

Medieval Latin, present participle of cancrizare to go backwards, from Latin cancr-, cancer crab + Late Latin -izare -ize

First Known Use: 1782

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